Cydne Holt


Cydne earned her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas in 1995. Cydne’s Criminalistics training began at the Santa Clara County District Attorney Crime Laboratory where she validated D1S80 and performed PCR-based casework analyses. Cydne then joined Applied Biosystems as an R&D Scientists in the early days of development of the AmpFℓSTR® product line and the introduction of capillary electrophoresis to forensic DNA analysis. After completing developmental validation of several PCR multiplexes, detection systems and software tools, Cydne served as Technical Leader in the Criminalistics Laboratory of the City and County of San Francisco and then as Director of the Forensic Services Division until 2009. Currently, Cydne works at Verogen on targeted Next Generation Sequencing assays, instruments and software to relieve limitations of current DNA typing methods and expand the capabilities of Forensic Genomics.